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Breast Cancer Survivors Catwalk Baring Scars In New York Fashion Show

Brave breast cancer survivors have stormed the runway at New York Fashion Week in a groundbreaking show. The 16 models all wore lingerie and lounge-wear from AnaOno, which designs specifically for women who have had mastectomies, breast reconstruction or breast surgery following a cancer diagnosis. 

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Defiant breast cancer survivors, some with raised fists and bared surgical scars, modeled lingerie in a charity show during New York Fashion week to raise funds to support breast cancer patients.Women of all ages took part in the emotional runway show – the youngest of whom was just 18 when she was diagnosed – with many baring the visible after-effects of their battles with cancer.

A model on the runway in the AnaOno show

More than a dozen models confidently sashayed down the runway in lace underwear, sheer and crocheted tops and platform heels and boots to applause from the audience at the packed show in lower Manhattan.Ericka Hart on the runwayNearly half of the models in the show have metastatic, or advanced, breast cancer that has spread beyond their breast, according to designer Dana Donofree. According to Cancer Australia, the disease was estimated to have taken the lives of more than 3000 women in 2016.  Cancerland founder Champagne Joy (left) on the runway with the actress Mira Sorvino (right)Cancerland founder Champagne Joy (left) on the runway with the actress Mira Sorvino (right)

Actress Mira Sorvino, #Cancerland Champagne Joy and Anaono founder Dana Donofree walk the runway during AnaOno ...Actress Mira Sorvino, #Cancerland Champagne Joy and Anaono founder Dana Donofree walk the runway during AnaOno Intimates X #Cancerland at New York Fashion Week Art Hearts Fashion event. Photo: Arun Nevader

“I felt powerful, felt really powerful because I am tired of kind of feeling ashamed of having cancer and not having breasts like a woman,” 45-year-old model Chiaro D’Agostino, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, said after the Sunday show.”Whether I have nipples or breasts or not, I am a woman,” the New Jersey teacher and blogger with advanced cancer added.

Actress Mira Sorvino (seen left) walks the runway with AnaOno founder Dana Donofree (right)Actress Mira Sorvino (seen left) walks the runway with AnaOno founder Dana Donofree (right)

 Donofree, the founder of the brand, lost both of her breasts to the disease after being diagnosed at the age of 27. She launched the label following reconstructive surgery when she realised traditional lingerie didn’t fit.”It is a very important moment for them to get out there and experience something like this because breast cancer has taken over their bodies,” she said after her first show at New York Fashion Week. “We need to expose that on that level, and let people know this is a disease and women do die from this.”

A model in the AnaOno show at New York Fashion Week

The women wore lingerie and loungewear on the catwalk

Paige Moore, 24, hit the runway just five weeks after having a preventative double mastectomy following a positive test for the BRCA1 genetic mutation that can raise the risk of developing the disease.

Designer Dana Donofree has said she hoped to 'change the conversation' about the crossroads between beauty and identity 

The women wore lingerie and loungewear from the line designed for survivors who have undergone mastectomies

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“I felt sexy, I felt beautiful, and I was proud,” she said about walking in the show. “I was like these scars are sexy and awesome, and I am here, I am alive and I feel good. That is all that matters.”All of the proceeds from the show will go to the charity #Cancerland, an advocacy and outreach charity for patients.

Reuters

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